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Tom Clancy's The Division

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Writer of Traffic and Syriana to film The Division

“Do not march on Moscow,” said Field Marshal Montgomery, “and do not make a videogame movie.” Wise words that continue to be ignored by the titans of this ridiculous industry. Ubisoft, as you might have heard, aren’t marching on the Kremlin but they are making another videogame movie, this time based on Tom Clancy’s The Division [official site]. Today they announced that Stephen Gaghan, screenplay…

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Steam Top 100 reveals 2016’s money-making Steamers

Valve capped off 2016 by revealing the year's 100 highest-grossing games on Steam, which is a pretty interesting list. If you've been following Alec's prolonged breakdown over the weekly charts you'll not be shocked by revelations that Grand Theft Auto V and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are near the top, but you might not expect them to be joined by the likes of No Man's Sky…

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You Asked For It: The Steam Charts Return

Out with the old, in with the new. By which I mean 'and our weekly Steam Charts, showing the ten games which sold best over the previous week, returns - replete with most of the same names as last year.' SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND? Welcome back.

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Steam Charts: That’s A Wrap

It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's THE mosssssssst wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiime ahaahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I wish I had a machinegun ho ho ho ahahaha, get stuffed 2016.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division free weekend starts today

I never expected to like heavily instanced MMO shooter The Division [official site] as much as I did, but performing the cover-and-shoot-and-flank loop against its curiously strong hoodie-wearing enemies was moreish and a great backdrop for playing with friends. That's why we named it yesterday as our favourite co-op game of the year, and that's why it's good news that there's a free weekend for…

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Feature: United we stand

RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 14th: Tom Clancy’s The Division

The next door on the calendar is ominous. The rewards inside are worth the risk but the whole area might well be contaminated. Day thirteen of The RPS Advent Calendar, which highlights our favourite games of the year, brings... It's the year's best cooperative game, The Division [official site]!

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Feature: Snow DayZ

Getting axed in the neck in The Division’s Survival mode

The baseball bat guys got me again. Here I am, lying face down in the snow, surrounded by hooded and bloodthirsty punks, who smashed my bones until I died. It has been a hard life. I almost froze to death, scavenged the belongings of fallen players, and somehow reached the most dangerous part of blizzard-stricken New York all by myself. Now, I am dead. The…

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Steam’s Autumn sale has begun – here’s some picks

Aside from starting a new tradition of unusually-named Steam Awards, Valve have also pulled out their worn and adored bargain bucket and have begun to fill it with games you’ll enthusiastically buy and probably never play. Yes, it's their Autumn Sale. In the streets, the apocalyptic jockeying for TVs and blenders has started. The moon has turned blood red. And I looked and behold a…

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The Division’s Survival expansion is coming tomorrow

The Division [official site], the Clancy manshoot with MMO delusions, is getting its penultimate expansion tomorrow, along with a patch to the base game. The Survival DLC will add a new game mode in which 24 players are thrown into the full map of New York in the middle of a blizzard, where they’ll have to find warm clothing, food, water and medicine while searching…

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The Division’s Survival Expansion Hits Public-ish Beta

For a game about scraps of society trying to survive inside an snowy quarantine zone, The Division [official site] doesn't have much, y'know, survival. That'll change with the multiplayer shooter RPG's second expansion, Survival. It'll add survival, yeah, in the usual modern survival game ways. Pleasantly, for folks who don't like the dickholery that survival games can bring out in players, it will have the…

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Unknown Pleasures: The Division 1.4 Mega-Update Out

The Division [official site] has today launched update 1.4, the patch so big and important that Ubisoft delayed the multiplayer shooter's expansions while they improved its the fundamentals. Ubi's goals with 1.4 include trying to make it feel "more like a shooter", making character build choices more meaningful, improving enemy AI, and revamping difficulty scaling.

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The Division Wants To “Feel More Like A Shooter” In 1.4

Ubisoft are trying to make The Division [official site] "feel more like a shooter" again, they say, similar to how it feels while you're still levelling up. They've been talking more about Update 1.4, the patch so important that Ubi delayed two upcoming expansions to focus on improving the base game. A public test server will launch on Monday but, for now, here's more on…

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The Division’s Expansions Delayed To Improve The Game

Ubisoft have delayed the next two paid DLC expansions for The Division [official site] because they feel the base game needs work first. Good! That's the way it should be done. Ubi explain, "it has become clear with your feedback and our own observations that our priority should now be on improving the core gameplay experience." Good-o! So the next two expansions are delayed, and…

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Feature: From Lego Labyrinths To Digital Dungeons

The Making of The Division: Underground

Beneath The Division’s mighty impressive facsimile of New York lies a continually shifting labyrinth of sewers, subways, secret chambers and the very roots of the city itself: the pipes and machines that keep it ticking. Underground, a new expansion which launched at the tail end of June, is The Division with a procedural twist; a bit of chaos injected into the orderly, crafted world. The…

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The Division Movie Announced, Jake Gyllenhaal Onboard

I'm not saying that Jake Gyllenhaal killed someone then Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot met him in the woods on a winter's night with a shovel and a hacksaw to help bury the body - that would be libel. However, you tell me how you think Ubi got the Prince of Persia star into another movie based on a video game. Ubi today formally announced a…

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Going Underground: The Division’s First Expansion Out

The surface of New York City is iconic, sure, but its underside is something even better: mythic. That's where blind albino alligators grow massive in the dark, where leaking steam pipes vent through manholes, where the Mole People live, where rats larger than dogs flood tunnels in devouring hordes, where trains stop at secret doors, and there are more ghosts than you can shake a…

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Feature: Anti-E3

Hype Check: Debunking E3’s Marketing

If you judged each of E3 2016's conferences by the volcanic applause following each announcement, no matter how minuscule or massive, then you probably think everything the developers said was written by God himself on a stone script. But you're smarter than that. I know you are. So, in continuation of our 'anti-E3' coverage, here are some of the moments when the creators and executives…

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The Division’s Underground DLC Coming On The 28th

During their E3 press conference yesterday, Ubisoft confirmed that The Division's [official site] first piece of paid DLC, Underground, will launch on June 28. Alongside an obligatory trailer, the publisher delved into what it's all about, what new features it houses, and where you'll be sending your agents next. The game's second expansion, Survival, was also teased in trailer form which plans to pit players…

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The Division Now Permabans Cheaters On First Offence

Civilization may have fallen in The Division [official site], New York ruled by might alone, but that's no reason to be a dick about it. So Ubisoft have decided to crack down harder on cheaters. Previously, people who got caught using cheats would be suspended for fourteen days for their first offence. Now, Ubisoft are going straight to permabans. Get caught cheating once and you're…

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It’s Time to Cut Loots With The Division 1.2 Update

Just when I thought betraying people in the Dark Zone was getting a tad boring, The Division [official site] gets a huge update that includes being able to cut the rope everyone attaches their loot to when extracting it. Oh sure, there's a new Incursion, some pretty cool gear sets, and a bunch of smaller tweaks and fixes. But really, if you're not cutting loot,…

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